The family of the late Jim Chenot, a longtime and well-known local radio personality, has filed a lawsuit against Summa Health, its physician group and two of its psychiatrists, saying they caused his suicide.

Chenot, a Cuyahoga Falls resident, died Nov. 30, 2016. He was 62.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Summit County Common Pleas Court on behalf of Chenot’s son, Evan, alleges Chenot died by suicide hours after seeking care.

“Less than 24 hours after his departure from the care and treatment by Defendants, James Chenot jumped off the roof or a balcony at his apartment building and committed suicide,” the complaint says.

The suit, which has been assigned to Summit County Common Pleas Judge Jill Flagg Lanzinger, names Evan Chenot as the administrator of his father’s estate. The defendants are Summa Health, its physician group formerly known as Summa Physicians Inc. and now called Summa Health Medical Group and two of its psychiatrists, Drs. David Deckert and Heather Lewis.

The suit claims the physicians “deviated” from the standard of care and “caused his death.”

His death “caused the beneficiaries of the Estate to lose the care, companionship, consortium, society and services of James Chenot, respectively, and will continue to do so for the balance of their lives. The Estates has also incurred the reasonable funeral and burial expenses,” the lawsuit says.

Summa spokesman Mike Bernstein said: “We have not received notification regarding the matter in question. In the event a lawsuit is filed, I can confirm that we do not comment on active litigation.”

Attorneys for Chenot’s family did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Chenot spent more than 30 years behind the microphone at WONE (97.5-FM), The Summit (91.3-FM) and other stations.

Before settling in at 91.3 for 15 years, Chenot, a Canton native, got his start in radio in Muscle Shoals, Ala. He spent time at stations in Canton, Massillon and Cleveland before becoming one of the signature voices on the then-new WONE.

His fans appreciated his deep knowledge of popular music, his sense of humor and catchphrases, and how he often treated local artists on his Sunday evening show, Jim Chenot’s Radio Sandbox, as if they were already big stars.

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